NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
VET 135 - ANESTHESIA OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS (2 CR.)

COURSE INFORMATION

Introduces the basic principles of anesthesia of common domestic species. Includes techniques of induction, maintenance, monitoring and recovery of patients using both injectable and inhalation agents. Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic theory and practical application of anesthesia. Anesthesia in all common domestic animals will be introduced with emphasis on the dog and cat.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

Registration for all VET course is limited to those students who have been admitted to the veterinary technology program.

COURSE OBJECTIVE/EDUCATIONAL OUTCOME

Under the guidance of a veterinarian, students will learn to assess the pre-operative patient, as well as induce, maintain and recover the patient from the anesthetic.

Recognizing abnormal responses to pre-anesthetics and anesthetics will be emphasized. Anesthetic emergencies, their treatment and prevention, will also be stressed.

Record keeping, anesthetic machine maintenance and management of waste anesthetic gas will also be emphasized.

MAJOR TOPICS/TECHNIQUES TO BE COVERED

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

a. Be familiar with the various pre-anesthetic drugs and calculate their dosages and administer them.

b. Aseptically insert and maintain an IV catheter.

c. Calculate and administer IV fluids and medications.

  d. Be familiar with agents and techniques for local anesthesia.

e. Be familiar with agents and techniques for regional anesthesia.

f. Be familiar with injectable and inhalation agents and techniques for general anesthesia. This includes induction and inhalation as well as being familiar with the equipment.

g. Monitor the anesthetized patient. This includes record keeping, reflex testing, and use of available equipment (i.e. esophagal stethoscope, ECG and audible monitors).

h. Recognize and take steps to prevent anesthetic emergencies.

i. Be familiar with CPR for the arrested patient.

j. Understand anesthetic antagonists and their use.

k. Use and maintain a respirator.

l. Monitor and care for a patient during anesthetic recovery.

m. Understand the care and preventative maintenance of the anesthetic equipment.

n. Understand waste anesthetic disposal and the potential for human toxicity.

Revised 6/95

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